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I’m lost in the proverbial sauce. Vacation sauce that is. Wait is this even a vacation or am I homeless? Aw man, I’m homeless.

Anyway, welcome to the first installment of Warrior Wednesday, where I break down aspects of my attempting-to-be-healthy-and-sometimes-sucking-at-it lifestyle.

Clear Creek Trail Run

Clear Creek Trail Run

Right now, I suck at it. Between adjusting to weather, time, and not having a jogging stroller, I have BARELY gotten out to run. I guess it’s possible to be doing indoor exercising, but it just ain’t happening in this house. But this is Washington, my happy place right!? I should be doing yoga on a mountain and running free through the forest! Well at least I’ve done that second bit, I hit the trails with the Mr. for a good 4 plus miles. Good meaning, barely huffing it along in the cold and being a total sissy pants. I am struggling with staying positive about running at the moment, which for every beginner is probably a necessary struggle. I just need to get over this speed

More trail.

More trail.

bump of thinking I really suck at running. I need to turn into one of those uber positive pinterest photos about how badass it is to run. Like how even if I’m slow, I’m lapping people on a couch. Or even if I only run a mile, at least I ran. Yeah try telling that to the Club Sandwich and iced tea I just inhaled. I’m thinking I need to run a few miles to balance the glorious calories on that one.

Trying to match Mr. Grumpy gills.

Trying to match Mr. Grumpy gills.

But! All is not lost! I have been losing weight! Not much, but I can tell a little. How can I tell you ask? My pants fit! Yes ladies and gents, this girl who couldn’t put on weight for the first 20 years of her life, is now battling the pounds! While my husband likes to say he likes my curves, I’m not a fan of the muffin top. I don’t even like to actually bake, so how I turned myself into a giant muffin, I do not know. Not. A. Fan. It’s also slightly difficult not to indulge at local eateries after being away from them for three years, but the knowledge I’ll continue to have them after my time in WA certainly helps in putting them off for a while. I’m looking at you Olive Garden, you delicious bastard.

So for now here’s my first update, I’ve only run a little over 10 miles in January. Not a good start to the 250 miles I plan on running by the end of the year. I haven’t done a single round of yoga, and I haven’t even touched my weights or done cardio. Here I am giving an update anyway, because I want to motivate myself again, and let the rest of you beginners, middle-ers, and marathoners know, we ALL go through the big “Do I Suck At This” speedbump. The trick is to overcome it and press on anyway. I’m 25 (holy crap I’m turning 26 in less than 3 months…boo) and I’m on the right track, even if I’m running in real slow circles at the moment.

Out on safari apparently.

Out on safari apparently.

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No really guys, I have friends. See:

Sayonara Sushi Night

Sayonara Sushi Night 2013

Generally when you meet a military wife, her main complaints are about deployments, being away from family, and drama. I don’t care if you’re 18 and a newlywed, or 35 and an officer’s wife, at some point in time, you’ve dealt with the dreaded drama monster. I had a rough go at the beginning of military wifelyhood, but quickly realized that you are the sum of the people you surround yourself with. I set off on an acquaintance cleanse. I was a newlywed with a baby on the way and had almost zero friends.  I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. You hear the stories, meet the crazies, you even walk into the commissary absolutely dreading running into the people you’ve had problems with in the past and suddenly become very interested in the nutritional facts of Fruit Loops. Well I can honestly say, it gets better. But only if you put in the work!

First 5k! January 2012

First 5k! January 2012

I started out slow and steady, building relationships within Adventure Moms and Stroller Warriors Okinawa. Just one problem though, I am TERRIBLE at making friends. You know how you felt on your first date with someone you really liked? You felt like a creep. You were nervous about making an arse of yourself, you weren’t sure what to say, ask…do. That’s me when trying to make friends, you wouldn’t know it though, since I’m pretty outgoing, but oh man I get so anxious and self-conscious. Then, within in SW, I realized it wasn’t a beauty pageant, and I didn’t have to say “World Peace” every time someone asked me a question. I started feeling comfortable around the girls I was seeing twice a week and began slowly letting the real me come out. Mind you I hadn’t done this since High School where I fully embraced my nerdiness.

Feburary 2012 Foster 5k

Feburary 2012 Foster 5k

And now, 3 years later, on the brink of our PCS move, I have a very full heart. So the rest of this post is dedicated to the women I’ve met here in Okinawa:

Dear Beautiful, Wonderful, Hilarious, Inspiring Women of Okinawa,

I am sad to be leaving Okinawa. Not because I’m overly fond of  weird ass drinks from a vending machine, but because of you. I have never in my life felt the level of friendship and love I do now. You are such a diverse group of women, all with their own stories, all with their own quirks, and I love each and every one of them. Whether you’re pro status at nursing while jogging, excel at making food I shouldn’t be eating in the first place, blow past me in a race but still make me feel like a winner across the finish line, or you help me wrangle my kiddo on a trip to the zoo, you all have your own spot in my heart. I knew my life would change after my first PCS, but I never imagined the scale of change in myself that has happened while stationed here. I am a healthier, happier, motivated version of myself, and I owe most of that to all of you. You put all of those terrible military wife assumptions to absolute shame.

Ayahashi 10k April 2012

Ayahashi 10k April 2012

You’ve made me stronger physically and mentally, you’ve made me a better mother, you’ve supported me in the ups and downs of being a military wife, you’ve even cured some of my fears. I’ll never be able to fully thank you for the way my life has changed because of all of you, and you may not ever realize the differences, however small they may be, you have made. Not only have I achieved goals I never dreamed of, but I have set even more in this new year that I never thought I’d settle on. I came here with almost no friends, and I’m leaving with more than I can count on two hands. You have changed my opinions of being a military wife, quelled my fears of friendship, and healed my insecurities, and for that I am forever thankful. You are all outstandingly wonderful in so many ways and I want you to know that even though I’m leaving, I will always be here for you. I will always support you, always wonder if there’s anything I can do to help you through the adventure that is military wife-dom and mommyhood.

Hiking Hiji Falls May 2012

Hiking Hiji Falls May 2012

Kin Fest July 2012

Kin Fest July 2012

Karen's 30th October 2012

Karen’s 30th October 2012

SW Christmas December 2012

SW Christmas December 2012

I’ve made entirely too many memories with all of you to list them off one by one, but just know you’ve made my time here in Okinawa beyond worth it and I will miss all of you SO MUCH. This is the first time I’ve felt so sad to leave a place because of the people. Thank GOD for facebook, otherwise I might have to roll up in a blanket, and never leave my bed because of withdrawals and missing you all too much. I look forward to all of you asking for orders to North Carolina.

xoxo Jessica

* This is a new installment on my little blog, I’m trying to be organized here people. Theme days, yay!

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New Year, New Blog

I made the rather odd decision to start this thing all over. I know, you’re mad I deleted the old stuff because my life is just so darn interesting you have to read it thousands of times, right? No, didn’t think so. I had started 2012 off with a resolution to blog more, which I did well in the beginning, and then completely failed miserably at. Will 2013 be any different? I hope so! We have a lot of big plans for 2013, the first being we’re moving to North Carolina this month! Insane right? This California girl and her Washington husband are invading the East Coast with their brood! We are so excited about leaving Okinawa and starting a new life there, and all of the lovely things that come with living in the United States. I could go on and on about how much I’ve appreciated living in Japan, and how it changed my mind about a lot of things, but… well that’s the unspoken difference you can see in me I think. 

New Years Sparklers

New Years Sparklers

I am a healthier, happier person with a whole world of ambitions I didn’t have prior to living in Okinawa for 3 years. The main, and very important one, is that I’m aiming to start Nursing School! I think everyone who knew me growing up would scoff at the idea of me being elbow deep in strangers and bodily fluids instead of behind a desk teaching or writing. But they’d also know I’m anything but monotonous, so I’m looking forward to starting the challenge. My ultimate goal would be working with the Wounded Warriors program, but that’s a long way off. I’m also looking forward to joining up with Stroller Warriors in Camp Lejeune! I’ve spent a year with the gals here in Okinawa and my heart has grown about 20 sizes because of it. Seriously, I’m the Grinch of running, and these crazy athletic Who’s have changed me! I can’t wait to hit the trails running  in a new place and work towards my 250 miles in one year goal, and my run a marathon goal. I tried that this year and wasn’t organized about it at all and lost track, but that’s what resolutions are for right? Admitting your mistakes, realizing your goals, and changing your ways. 

Gun Sparklers!  Little boys dream of things like this.

Gun Sparklers! Little boys dream of things like this.

We also have a lot of goals as a family, some as little as bringing back the family dinner at the table, and some as big as planning baby #2. Lots of little things in between of course, but they’ll play out as we make the changes. I think we’re going to be so much happier in NC than we were in Okinawa. Just talking about the possibilities of fishing, hunting, and all of his hobbies, the Mr.’s eyes light up! When he’s happy, I’m happy, and in turn, Jackson is happy. Plus, I get to live in a house! Not a two room tiny apartment with a micro sized dryer & dishwasher and awkward neighbor eye contact if the curtains are open. An actual HOME. I can’t even count the embarrassing things my neighbor has seen me doing. You liked my flailing about attempt at zumba, I know you did! With the move we also get all of the restaurants & stores I’ve had dreams about for the last 3 years. When you have a dream about getting a job at Target and using the employee discount, you have a problem. We have it so good in America, it’s insane, I’ll never take it for granted ever again! 

We're adorable. You know it.

We’re adorable. You know it.

So here’s to 2013! With a new blog, new goals, and new lease on life living in North Carolina!

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